COVID-19 drive-thru testing site in Wheaton to close Jan. 29

Testing at Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park to continue

DUPAGE COUNTY – The DuPage County Health Department will close the COVID-19 drive-thru testing site at the DuPage County Complex in Wheaton at the end of the month, the health department announced on Tuesday.

The last scheduled day is set for Jan. 29. The COVID-19 drive-thru testing site at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park will remain open with the capacity to provide up to 1,000 tests per day.

The testing site in Wheaton is closing to provide additional support to the county’s COVID-19 mass vaccination efforts. Over the last few months, the number of testing facilities in DuPage has increased. Thus, residents have various options across the county for their viral testing needs, including doctor’s offices, urgent care facilities, pharmacies, and mobile sites which offer nasal swab and saliva tests.

“After careful consideration and a local assessment of testing resources, we are confident that DuPage County is well-equipped to continue meeting local COVID-19 testing needs for our residents,” DuPage County Health Department Executive Director Karen Ayala said in a statement.

The county opened the testing site in June to meet the significant demand for COVID-19 testing. Since then, staff at the site have collected 56,009 samples, as of Jan. 15.

COVID-19 testing site will continue to be available at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park. The site is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday through Friday. Anyone can get tested, and no appointment, doctor referral or insurance is required. Visitors are encouraged to pre-register at testdirectly.com to help reduce wait times. Each individual being tested must create an account, and staff members will register anyone who does not have an email or who has not already created an account.

Joshua Welge

I am the Sports Editor for Kendall County Newspapers, the Kane County Chronicle and Suburban Life Media, covering primarily sports in Kendall, Kane, DuPage and western Cook counties. I've been covering high school sports for 24 years. I also assist with our news coverage.